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Apportionment is the term used when someone who shares in a common grazing wants to take part of the common grazing for their own exclusive use.

If you are intending to use the land for a development that requires planning consent, you must send us a copy of your planning consent or at least your planning reference with your application.

Please note:  we revised our procedures for applying for an individual apportionment of a common grazings in May 2017. 

If you wish to use the common grazings for another purpose other than cultivation (eg for a renewable energy project), the Grazings Committee will need to apply under section 50B of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993. 

Similarly, if you wish to use the common grazings for a communal woodland/forestry proposal,  then the Grazings Committee will need to apply under section 50 of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993. If, however, the woodland/forestry is to be for your exclusive use as a crofter, then you can still apply for an individual apportionment for this purpose


Delegated Decision Making Parameters

Apportionment (Section 52(4)) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993


A straightforward approval can be made if:

The purpose for the apportionment is:

  • For stock management and the applicant currently has stock
  • An agricultural building (existing or proposed)
  • The site of an existing or proposed dwelling house which is    less than 0.2ha
  • Planting trees/use as woodlands for the exclusive use of the  crofter
  • The applicant is or will be ordinarily resident with 32 kilometres of the croft
  • There are no negative submissions from the landlord or owner of the      common grazings
  • There are no negative submissions from the grazings committee
  • There are no negative submission from shareholders
  • There are no concerns over access to the remainder of the common grazings or other croft land.

If any of these conditions are not met, the application will be escalated.          


Please ensure you submit your Registers of Scotland (RoS) Registration Application form along with your application, if required.

Please note that when you are completing the Registration Application for RoS you are required to advise them of persons who own/occupy any adjacent croft or land, as our ROC is not mapped based the Commission cannot assist you with this information.


Covid -19

The Commission is now accepting new applications, but as all staff continue to work from home and the office remains closed, these will be processed more slowly than usual. Any applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register form to notify the Commission that an event has taken place, will be given priority over other applications.

Where applications require a site visit, it will not be possible for any site visit to be carried out until the government eases the current restrictions on movement.Where any application involves a hearing, no hearings will take place until the current restrictions on movement are eased and the government has advised that public meetings (with appropriate physical distancing) can take place.

Approved Applications:

If you are a crofter who has had an application approved by the Commission within the last 3 months
Please read this important information regarding effecting Commission regulatory decisions.

You can continue to contact us by email and although we are now in a position to deal with phone calls to our reception line, few staff have access to work phones to make return calls and therefore the service will be limited. We would therefore ask that you continue to contact us via email.

The Commission understands that this is a difficult time for all concerned, but we wish to reassure crofters and their agents that we will continue to work to restore normal levels of service. It is unlikely that this can be fully restored until the government permits offices to reopen and for various restrictions on movements and meetings to be eased.
20 May 2020.

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